A SCHOOL has been given thousands of pounds to help develop its design and technology facilities.

Settlebeck in Sedbergh has now raised all the funds it needs to develop a ‘Community Maker Space,’ thanks to a £3,000 donation from Lake District business Herdy.

Settlebeck Parents, Teachers and Friends Association will use the funds to upgrade the design and technology facilities at the school, so that it can begin a programme of evening classes open to pupils, parents and members of the community who wish to learn more about computer aided design and manufacturing.

Diane Hannah, co-founder director of Herdy, said as well as providing the outstanding funds for the project the business would also like to share its expertise with pupils and help develop their skills.

Spencer Hannah and Diane Hannah of Herdy

Spencer Hannah and Diane Hannah of Herdy

“When we heard about the Settlebeck project we instantly wanted to provide the outstanding funds to make it happen,” she said.

“Herdy is a design led business, so this project is very close to our heart.

“Not only are we happy to contribute financially but there are loads of opportunities for us to work with the pupils too once the facility is up and running.

“We’d love to share our knowledge and experience with the pupils and work on some live Herdy projects with them.”

Steph Williams from Settlebeck Parents, Teachers and Friends Association, said the school is looking forward to developing its facilities and strengthening community links.

“As a very small rural secondary school we pride ourselves in providing pupils with a bespoke educational experience, which is often difficult to find in larger schools, ensuring that every child has the chance to thrive,” she said.

“Alongside this, we continue to seek opportunities to develop our high-quality facilities.

“We have a close relationship with the Sedbergh community and surrounding area and have been looking for ways to further strengthen those links.”